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TOPIC: Distinguishing ADHD from OCD Critical to Treatment

Distinguishing ADHD from OCD Critical to Treatment 31 Jan 2013 17:37 #26

Distinguishing ADHD from OCD Critical to Treatment Success
By Rick Nauert PhD on December 19, 2012

Although different neuropsychological disorders may present similar symptoms, an accurate diagnosis is essential as clinical interventions may be dramatically different for each condition.

Improper treatment can exacerbate symptoms and can lead to harmful and dangerous outcomes.

Two relatively common disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fit this pattern as they often include symptoms of impaired attention, memory, or behavioral control.


Ritalin, a psychostimulant commonly prescribed to ADHD patients, can actually exacerbate OCD behaviors, for example. Prescribed to an OCD patient, it will only worsen symptoms.


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